When it comes to pool lovers, we think of us all as one big, happy family. But as far as pool operations go, the most common queries tend to vary by geography. Here are three of the questions most frequently asked by Canadian pool owners.
Algae is a nuisance that can be annoying to deal with. But follow these steps and you’ll have your swimming pool back in pristine condition in no time.
- Run your pump and filter continuously for 24 hours. Be sure to backwash your filter as needed.
- Scrub the walls of your pool with a brush appropriate for the type of surface. For vinyl liner pools, use a nylon brush. For concrete pools, use a steel brush. Freeing the algae will make it easier to kill it later in the process.
- Check your pH levels using test strips, and make adjustments as necessary to get the level between 7.2 - 7.6. Your alkalinity should be 80 - 120 ppm, and calcium hardness 200 - 400 ppm.
- Balancing your water chemistry will help the chemicals you add later work most effectively.
- Shock the pool water by adding a chlorine-based shock. Follow the provider's instructions, noting that an algae-killing shock takes more chemicals than a shock when algae is not present.
- Let the filter run for 12 - 24 hours, then check the water. Shock again if needed.
- Vacuum the pool to remove as much algae as possible.
- Keep your swimming pool algae-free by using an algaecide.
Why is my filter pressure too high?
A pool filter should have a pressure of approximately 10 psi. Anything over 20 psi is considered high pressure and can damage your pool equipment. To resolve the issue and bring the pressure back to normal, check for the following:
- Clogged filter. This is the most common issue when it comes to excessive pressure. Over time, the filter can get jammed up with fine debris, chemicals, and oils. Removing larger debris does not free the filter of these other materials. Use a filter cleaning product to restore the normal water flow.
- Clogged breather tube. Filters often have a tube designed to automatically expel air trapped at the top of the filter. If this tube becomes jammed, high pressure results. Check this tube and clear it if necessary.
- Suction air leak. A large suction leak may cause the pump to lose prime before the pressure builds up. But in the case of a small suction leak, air is pulled into the system and builds up in the top of the filter tank. To correct the problem, inspect the system for leaks and patch them. The primary culprit tends to be connections you have recently changed.
- Wrong size pump. This problem will reveal itself as soon as you begin running the pump. When your pump is too large, it is attempting to move more water through your pipes and filter than they can handle. Replacing the pump with the correct size is the best solution.
What do I do when my liner comes out of the track?
When you see that a section of liner has come out of track, it’s important to correct the problem as soon as possible so more of it isn’t pulled free. Take these steps:
- Consult with your local pool builder. Ever pool is different, so it is very important to receive an experts opinion.
- If necessary, drain a small amount of water from the pool to expose the area.
- Inspect the track and remove dirt or other foreign materials. Check for cracks and repair with epoxy, allowing it to fully dry.
- Apply gentle heat to the liner using warm water. As the liner stretches, fold the bead toward the wall and push it back into the track.
- Continue this process, using coins to hold sections in place as you go.
- Insert a section of liner bead wedge lock to permanently hold the liner in place, removing the coins.